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Target Watch: Week 2

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Green Bay Packers


Greg Jennings 8, Jordy Nelson 8, Donald Driver 7, Jermichael Finley 4, John Kuhn 2, Randall Cobb 2, Ryan Grant 1, James Jones 1, Tom Crabtree 1 James Starks 1


This game seems like it was a month ago.  The biggest news from these numbers are Jordy Nelson’s 8 targets.  Were they at the expense of Jermichael Finley’s targets? Hard to say for sure, but it is likely that Finley’s numbers will normally be higher.  He did run 30 routes compared to 19 by Nelson. The numbers between Nelson and Driver are what I’ll be watching closely and as we go along I believe Nelson will cut into Driver’s time.

The running back situation is the one most of us are interested in and there is no doubt who the man was in that game. James Starks was in the game for 47 plays compared to Ryan Grant who was in for 17. The worry for some was that Grant was more trusted as a pass blocker, but Starks was in on almost all of the passing downs. Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have your new Green Bay running back.


Houston Texans


Andre Johnson 11, Jacoby Jones 3, James Casey 3, Kevin Walter 2, Owen Daniels 2, Steve Slaton 2, Joel Dreessen 1


The Texans got up big and ran the ball 41 times compared to throwing it 24 times. That fact skews the target numbers some, but also shows you that no matter how the game goes, Andre Johnson will get his. Owen Daniels was a huge fantasy dud, but also was second in number of passing routes run and both his targets were in the red zone.  He will bounce back from this one. After that it’s a bit of mess with limited data, but it is pretty clear that Jacoby Jones would pick up more work if Kevin Walter is out.


Indianapolis Colts


Reggie Wayne 10, Pierre Garcon 6, Dallas Clark 5, Joseph Addai 4, Austin Collie 3, Jacob Tamme 1


It’s hard to get much good information from this game except to say the Colts are in trouble, but you knew that already. They were down big and had to throw quite a bit and even then Reggie Wayne was the only fantasy beneficiary.  These guys are toxic right now.


Jacksonville Jaguars


Mike Thomas 11, Jason Hill 3, Marcedes Lewis 3, Deji Karim 3, Greg Jones 1, Brock Bolen 1


If you own Mike Thomas in a PPR league you have to be pretty happy with these 11 targets. If this keeps up he’s in for a decent season. After that the targets fall off a dark precipice into the fantasy abyss.  


Pro Football Focus’ numbers tell an interesting story here. I noticed that Maurice Jones-Drew didn’t have one target and Deji Karim had three, and looking at their pass routes Karim ran 15 to MJD’s 6. Jones-Drew has been a PPR king, but this is something to pay attention to.  The snap count that MJD was on can explain Karim’s 15 carries, but the passing routes are intriguing. Stay tuned. In fact, schedule it for Tivo.


Kansas City Chiefs


Dwayne Bowe 8, Leonard Pope 6, Jamaal Charles 6, Dexter McCluster 5, Keary Colbert 3, Jerheme Urban 2, Steve Breaston 2, Terrance Copper 1, Matt Cassel 1, Jackie Battle 1, Jake O’Connell 1


Wow, that’s a who’s who of mediocrity. I think maybe those passes to Battle and O’Connell could have been better served for oh, Jamaal Charles? But I digress. The Chiefs passing game has been de-Weised and I’m not sure how they are going to recover. Dwayne Bowe still got his targets at least and that’s about all Bowe owners can hang their hat on right now. They have pills for that, by the way.


Dexter McCluster is an interesting case. He was on the field for 28 plays compared to Jamaal Charles’ 35. If you are a JC Superstar worshiper like myself you no longer need to worry about Thomas Jones who was on the field a whopping 3 times, but we do have to start keeping an eye on this McCluster fella.


Miami Dolphins


Brandon Marshall 13, Reggie Bush 10, Davone Bess 7, Brian Hartline 7, Anthony Fasano 6, Clyde Gates 4, Roberto Wallace 1


The Dolphins are a PPRer’s dream with Marshall, Bush and Bess being targeted all over the field. Of course they were going against a 500-plus yard passing attack and have no real running game, but Chad Henne did look better than his normal, not-so-good self.


Brian Hartline’s 7 targets will most likely go down along with the inordinate amount of passes that Henne threw. But the workload of Reggie Bush should continue to stay high until he is hurt, so use him while you can.

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Chet Gresham writes Target Watch and The Morning After for and is the founder of The Fake Football. Chet can be found on Twitter .
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